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Materials used for this look:
- top: shade dress and stewart & brown tank dress
- denim: old denim from one of my favorite pairs of pants and scrap leather from the discard pile at an upholstery shop
- top: two tops revamped from this old bow tutorial
- skirt: maternity top and elastic meant for last year’s swimsuit cover-up
The two dresses I used to make Penelope’s top were rescued from the donation pile. The dark teal top had knit binding that was falling off, so I unpicked the rest of it and added it as trim. I really like how the raw jersey edge rolls up and adds a new dimension to the bias tape look. the buttons were originally on the sleeves of the print dress/shirt.
She’s such a mini hipster with her skinny jeans and fake tatts.
I used twin needles and topstitching for all of the finishing details. It really helps stabilize the stretch and add a polished look.
The tank dress I used on the back panel was originally pieced together in asymmetrical lines, I thought I’d include those lines in with the back. I also gathered and lengthened the back. When Penelope runs around, it’s like she has a cape on her back. SO freaking cute.
Check out these little motorcycle jeans. They’re so hot on her. She really likes her “knee pads”. The ankle length skinnies and vintage oxfords are screaming to be discovered by the Sartorialist.
This competition has been so intense. And I feel like I wouldn’t be able to hang with the crowd if I didn’t do something extra. Penelope’s look is really quite simple (but hey Michael C. made it really far in Project runway and his designs were simple, right?). So I thought I would dig into my pile of “clothes to refashion/tailor/alter/etc” and made a coordinating outfit for me. I’ve had this bow top for a while, but I didn’t really dig how bulky the bow was. I know. I MADE IT WITH MY OWN TUTORIAL. So I revamped it. And it’s way better now. I’ll share a new tutorial, if you’d like. ;)
I also made this maternity top into a skirt. It wasn’t really a maternity top, I got it from Ruche, but since I only ever wore it in the maternity context, I couldn’t help but feel fat and pregnant every time I wore it. It’s stupid, I know. That top was awesome. I really loved the print, and on a whim, Sarah convinced me that I needed to make it into a skirt. I love it a million times more, now. I also love the striped elastic waistband with it. It’s an unexpected combo. I love unexpected combinations.
Oh, sweet Penelope. I love you. I love that you let me dress you and make clothes for you. I love how excited you get over them. Please never change.
P.S. Thanks for all of your support with this project!